2This Week With George Stephanopoulos
1Capitol Hill Hearings
going to happen and then we're going to have a battle over the government shutdown, the debt ceiling. where does this all end? >> it doesn't end. this is democratic politics in an age where we've made promises we can't keep and intractable budget ceilings we have to bump up. let me give you two examples this week. the navy citing the sequester delayed the deployment of the aircraft carrier "truman" undermining our pledge to have two carrier groups in the persian group to keep pressure on iran. citing the sequester. you telling me the navy can't find other ways to economize without this flamboyant and provocative way of trying to pressure congress? second, this week we learned the agriculture department has a diversity awareness program. it doesn't cost much money, in which they teach the bureaucrats in the agriculture department to refer to the pilgrims as illegal aliens and minorities as emerging majorities. it's a small amount of money but a huge symptom of the utter contempt with which washington treats taxpayers' money. two good reasons right there to go ahead with the sequester. >> mr.
, but i think everyone got very, very focused, at least on the message side. that debt ceiling fight, our numbers were as bad as they were throughout the whole presidency. there was, you know, the predators in washington were swirling around. and our folks were nervous. it was clear that we needed -- that we were now in a situation where we had to fight and we had to pull out the nose dive we were in. but the mechanisms -- the mechanisms were already there. there were mechanical things that had to be done. we knew they would have a big primary and we would have time to put things in motion, while they were busy. >> take me through -- when did you -- when do you have to start those things to build programs? >> i was at the d.n.c. at 2009 and 2010. a lot of work we did there was building a foundation for the re-election. there were a lot of things under the radar. building on some of the internal polling that we did, honing our 50-state strategy and training our volunteers and giving them something to do to empower them in an off year that a president doesn't normally done. we built of
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